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A Denver ordinance to charge a five cent fee on disposable grocery bags is being drafted by City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega. Aspen and Boulder have passed similar laws to reduce the presence of disposal plastic bags in Colorado, as traction for charges and outright bans continues to gain momentum across the country.

New York City is considering a 10 cent fee on carryout plastic and paper bags. According to the New York City Office of Management and Budget, only a fraction of the 5.2 billion carryout bags New Yorkers use per year are processed for recycling and the city hopes residents turn toward reusable bags in the wake of looming fees.

With few local recycling facilities and loose export regulations, Hong Kong is struggling mightily with recycling its plastic scrap. In 2011, just 0.5 percent of the city's plastic scrap was processed for recycling, with 99.5 percent of the scrap exported.

A group of polystyrene-product manufacturers filed a motion to have a revived antitrust suit against them tossed out. Pactiv Corp., Genpak LLC, Solo Cup Co., Dolco Packaging and Dart Container Corp. as well as the Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group have been accused of scheming to avoid a closed-loop recycling system for lunch trays. Evergreen Partnering Group filed the $25 million suit against the plastics parties.

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